It’s been an exciting eighteen months for James. Inclusions on the Hotpress ‘Ones to Watch’ listings and Live at the Marquee line-up showcased a songwriter and performer who is always striving to go one better.
A tireless live performance married with thoughtful and relatable songwriting also brought performing opportunities with the likes of The Coronas, Damien Dempsey and Ham Sandwich.
‘A unique and exciting Irish indie voice’– Shane Dunne (INDIEPENDENCE, Music Cork)
‘James OR is the refreshing new artist the industry is craving. Clever lyrics and catchy tunes, you’ll be singing along in no time’– Barbara Nic Dhonnacha (freelance journalist, broadcaster)
James stands on a pedestal all his own…instantly memorable, sing-alongable anthems and delicately woven stories, somehow all at the same time – Emma Langford (Best Emerging Artist – RTE Radio 1 Folk Awards)
‘An Attempt at Momentum’ is out Friday, April 26th.
Friday, May 3rd: Coughlans Live, Cork
August Bank Holiday weekend: INDIEPENDENCE Music & Arts Festival
See links below for more info on James and to be kept up to date on his music:
The Pale return with their strongest album to date. Spearheaded by the Double A ‘Loser Friends’ and ‘Such Dumb Luck’ their eagerly anticipated 13th studio album ‘Merciful Hour’ is due for a release on the 24th of May 2019. Pre-orders available from April 10th.
‘Merciful Hour’ was produced by sonic maestro Keith Farrell (Duckworth Lewis Method, Cathy Davey, Pugwash). Over eleven tracks the album builds on the classic Pale sound expanding it musically and lyrically. The eleven tracks shift constantly between styles and themes but never once lose direction. Sure to surprise fans and newcomers ‘Merciful Hour’ is the band’s boldest statement to date.
The Pale started life in Dublin’s Northside in the early 90’s but drew their influences from far beyond. For some they are best remembered for their hits ‘Butterfly’ and ‘Dogs with no tails’. But that is only the tip of the iceberg for a band that has steered clear of the beaten track, releasing a string of albums that effortlessly skip between styles and genres, all the while retaining a strong lyrical focus.
Flirtations with chart success, forays into alternative circuses, tours way off the beaten path in Russia, Japan, Eastern Europe and beyond are all par for the course for a band that have refused to be categorised or trade off past glories.
The Pale’s live reputation is hard earned, with sets jumping between laced up indie, reggae, Eastern European folk, all presented with a wry lyrical twist and frenetic energy. Never to be pigeonholed, a Pale gig will see them play dozens of songs drawing from a range of genres. Mandolins and bouzoukis duel with synths and drums, all propelled by their inimitable stage presence and striking musical prowess.
The band are available for interview, performances, and anything else you might be having yourself.
Pale Blue Moon swing on a stylistic-ledge, balancing comfortably between old-school acts such as The Cult and The Cure, bringing an updated feel to nostalgia… All this points positively in the direction the band are heading, as we await the single and album release we can relish in the dark madness that is the mini-epic video.
Pale Blue Moon are set to release their debut album “The Pleasure of Finding Things Out”, following a year of working with American producer Brian Sperber (Staind, Alter Bridge, Myles Kennedy, Moby, Feeder, Madonna). Currently based in Drogheda, County Louth, each member of the group has had success previously with other groups and singer Shane Kelly, approached each of them with the idea of forming a new partnership, which soon morphed into Pale Blue Moon.
Previously they toured with Shane Macgowan and the Popes, touring extensively across Ireland, the UK, Scandinavia and the USA. After taking time out to write and record the new Pale Blue Moon album, the group are now preparing for the album release and to begin touring across Ireland.
While mixing the album a near-catastrophe occurred as Frontman Shane Kelly unbelievably suffered a stroke, which left him hospitalised for four months. Otherwise healthy, this was a huge blow and shock to Shane and the band as they were set to release and promote their debut album.
However, Shane was determined to continue and while hospitalised and going through rehab, Shane continued to finish mixing the album from his hospital bed, via Skype with their producer in New York. Incredibly, Shane made a full recovery. It was only after long deliberations that Shane agreed to include his experience of having a stroke in the band Press Release, after he concluded that sharing his experience may help others in similar life-changing situations and give them hope.
‘Supernatural’ is now available worldwide.
Pale Blue Moon are: Shane Kelly – Vocals, & guitar, Griff (Brian Griffin) – Drums and Mick Brady – Bass
Mongoose is a musical melty-pot, combining the vocals, instrument-playing and songwriting of four women – Molly O’Mahony, Ailbhe Dunne, Muireann Ní Cheannabháin and Cara Dunne. Body & Soul (for Cara) is the first single from Mongoose’s upcoming second album, ‘Suck the Wound’ scheduled for an early Summer release. The album was recorded in Herbert Place studios, produced and mixed by Alex Borwick, and mastered by Fergal Davis.
Their music has been constantly evolving since the release of their debut album in 2015. Owing to diverse writing styles and a broad range of influences, which invokes rich and dynamic soundscapes, fluctuating from delicate folk to soulful blues and hard-edged indie pop. The band are celebrated in particular for their tight vocal harmonies and riveting live performances.
Body & Soul (for Cara), named after the summer solstice festival and dedicated to the band’s keyboard player, is a song about friendship. A dreamy soundscape gives a sense of the magic and fun of a festival environment, with undercurrents of sensory overload – how such a place can be overwhelming for the more anxious among us. The act of sharing a rain jacket is at the core of this song, hand in hand with friendship, support, and love. This first single is both beautiful and unsettled, indicating common threads that will run through the album in its entirety.
‘Suck the Wound’ is a darker piece of work than the band’s first album ‘Mongoose’ (2015), both sonically and thematically. Exploring different sounds and textures, this album is prickly and hard to define. The genres of the songs vary widely, from rock, to a South American bolero, to jazz, to folk, all tied together by Mongoose’s tight four part vocal harmonies. As the title suggests, the album is one of struggle and healing. It will be launched in Whelan’s on 16 May, followed by an Irish tour.
There will be music, acts and experiences that you won’t get anywhere else. Why? Because KnockanStockan is more than just a festival: It is the best place to go to find New Music The setting: a breath-taking site overlooking the Blessington Lakes.
After great anticipation, KnockanStockan returns for 2019. With heavy emphasis on their ethos which is to support and… “Love New Music”, an impressive first line-up announcement set the bar high in Feb, and now we bring you the second line-up announcement.
A true representation of the high calibre of music in Ireland, an exceptionally eclectic line-up, a great mix of homegrown talent and international artists of critical acclaim fitting for all musical tastes:
Happyalone. | Jealous Of The Birds | Mango X MathMan | Ye Vagabonds | JyellowL | Joshua Burnside | Bicurious | Robocobra Quartet | Just Mustard | Kitt Philippa | The Eskies | Tebi Rex | Dead Label | Bats | No Spill Blood | The Wood | Burning Savages | Junior Brother | PowPig | The Pale | BAILER | Silverbacks | THUMPER | Wastefellow | Luka Palm | Galway Street Club | Rachael Boyd | Vernon Jane | Cherym | BOUTS | Kean Kavanagh | TPM | KNEECAP | Shookrah | Farah Elle | The Scratch | Tribal Dance | Post Punk Podge & The Technohippies | Hot Cops | Brién | Five To Two | Leila Jane | Dowry | Slouch | Words That Burn | Paddy Dennehy | Lemoncello | Elizabeth Moen | Niamh Regan | Acid Granny | Craic Boi Mental | Soft Boy DJs | Myles Manley | Shakalak | Jailbirds | I Am The Main Character | Captain Hotknives | Chief Keegan | 0phelia | Stevie Darragh | Trainman Blues | Rowan | Hatchlings | GavinDaVinci | Hazey Haze | Synk | Bannered Mare | October Fires | Le Pizza Galaxie | Moley O Súilleabháin | Ailie. | Nealo | Mankyy & Clerk 5 | Cooks But We’re Chefs | GRAMOPHONE DISCMAN – TRAD RAVE
A diverse musical line-up will be accompanied by additional treats for festival fans this year, featuring new collaborations, several international artists, spectacular new stage designs, new areas to explore, an array of art installations and endless performance art in many glorious forms. Each new addition to the festival will be a tasteful continuation to the KnockanStockan we know and love with additional features both complementing and elevating the festival’s remarkable reputation.
Carlsberg Unfiltered, the headline sponsor of KnockanStockan 2019 is back again, bigger and better this year, with a Danish inspired takeover. Carlsberg Unfiltered is inspired by Danish values of simplicity and connection with nature, and its name reflects how the lager is made. The brewers have removed the filtration process, which leaves more natural flavours and body in the lager and produces a premium, great tasting, cloudy pilsner with subtle floral and hop notes.
Carlsberg Unfiltered Stage
KnockanStockan are excited to have Carlsberg return this year to collaborate on an exciting venue space with a Danish twist. The Unfiltered stage is making a comeback where guests can sit and watch performance art, intimate collaborations, interviews, comedy by day and dance to some of Ireland’s finest DJ collectives play on a stage in the centre of the festivities.
The Carlsberg Danish Quarter
Sit back, relax and soak up the atmosphere the Danish Way. The main bar, the Danish Quarter hosted by Carlsberg, will overlook the main stage so you can enjoy a few pints whilst soaking in the festival atmosphere. Skål!
A much loved family friendly event, KnockanStockan is Ireland’s Premiere Small Festival which has earned the festival many awards throughout the years such as Best Line Up, Best Small Festival, Best Family Festival and Best Social Responsibility Award. The official Launch night will take place at Dublin’s newest Music Venues, Lost lane at 6.30pm on April 18th.
Not long after going on sale, Early Bird tickets to KS2019 have already sold out, a sure sign of excitement for the festival’s return:
‘THE ANSWER’ – Brand new single Out now via Gingerbread Man Records/ADA – LISTEN HERE
Pre-order Jamie’s fifth studio album ‘The Years In Between’ – HERE
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Jamie Lawson returns with his brand new single The Answer, OUT NOW via Gingerbread Man Records/ADA. The first track taken from forthcoming studio album The Years In Between (out 29th March), it’s a rhythmic, truthful love song co-written with Ollie Green (Freya Ridings, Gavin James), and offers a perfect taste of what’s to come from Jamie in 2019. The track had its exclusive worldwide play on Ken Bruce’s BBC Radio 2 show this morning. Listen to The Answerhere and pre-order the album The Years In Betweenhere.
On the creation of The Answer, Jamie said: “I was on a train from somewhere to London listening to a lot of instrumental music when suddenly the idea for this track came to me. The lyrics started flowing and by the time I reached the studio where Ollie Green was, I’d written most of the song. As it progressed, what I thought might be a tender love song transformed into a fun, indie bop!”
Jamie’s fifth studio album, The Years In Between, will be released 29th March via Gingerbread Man Records/ADA. Written and recorded whilst supporting Ed Sheeran on a mammoth 46-date UK and EU stint (including four sold out nights at London’s Wembley Stadium), the album is Jamie’s most collaborative to date. Alongside Ollie Green, writing partners include Jamie Scott (Jess Glynne, Rudimental, Niall Horan), Natalie Hemby (Kacey Musgraves), Amy Wadge (Ed Sheeran, Camila Cabello) and Matty Benbrook (Paolo Nutini, Lewis Capaldi). The recordings were brought together by GRAMMY Award-winning producer Ruadhri Cushnan (Mumford & Sons, Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes) at Dublin’s Camden Recording Studios.
In his armoury, Jamie holds an international hit single, a Number One album, an Ivor Novello Award, 238 million combined digital streams, 28 million YouTube views, and a huge social media following. As the first signing to Ed Sheeran’s Gingerbread Man Records, his single ‘Wasn’t Expecting That’became a hit around the world, selling over a million copies worldwide.
This year will see Jamie release his fifth studio album, The Years In Between, before playing twenty shows across the UK & EU, stopping off at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on May 2nd. Fans can secure tickets here and pre-order the album here.
2019 looks set to be yet another incredibly exciting year for the singer-songwriter.
Sean & Conor Price’s new single STORM went Straight in at No.1 on iTunes chart upon its release beating the likes of :
and Ava Max
Today FM just hailed the track at their HOME GROWN HERO OF THE WEEK on The infamous DERMOT AND DAVE SHOW
You can listen to the track here on spotify and check it out all week over on TodayFm.com>>>
…also check out the new video for STORM here
After a successful 2018 Sean and Conor Price have plenty of new music to bring to their fans in 2019. They have been working extremely hard in studio and recording. And are now ready to cause a storm through the music scene.
They released their mini album ‘Dreamer’ in late 2019, which hit the charts and went straight in at #8 in the TOP 10 Irish National Charts. Sandwiched between the likes of George Ezra, Ed Sheeran and Dua Lipa, they were the only Independent act to get in the Top charts that week!
ON Friday Feb 8th, ‘STORM’ landed straight in at #1 on the iTunes Singles charts in good company with Lewis Capaldi, Sam Smith, Ariana Grande, Calvin Harris and Ava Max.
They have been working with producers and writers in London, Stockholm and Dublin. On the Single ‘Storm’, Sean and Conor have teamed up with Wild Youth band member Conor O’Donohoe to co-write the track.
“Storm is a youthful pop song about a girl who is exciting but you know she is bad news, just like a Storm”
Sean and Conor will also be very busy with their 13 date 2019 Tour starting in Kilkenny on February 26th. They will play the Olympia Theatre Dublin on June 29th.
23rd May – Whelan’s, Dublin (supporting Sarah Buckley)
15th June – Fealty’s, Bangor (acoustic show)
Sonja also releases:
Single : ‘GOODBYE’ March 1st and EP: ‘VIOLENT STRAWBERRY’ April 5th
Sonja Sleator has established herself as one of Northern Ireland’s most recognisable singer/songwriters. Her story driven songs are making her one to watch in the Irish music scene and have led to appearances on local radio, television and at festivals including Hard Working Class Heroes. Sonja has performed across the UK and Ireland, most notably in London’s On’t Sofa Sessions. Outside the UK, she has performed in Nashville, New Orleans and San Francisco, including an appearance on the famous Norm’s Rare Guitars YouTube channel.
Her EP, ADAMS, released in 2017, was described as “one of the best releases of the year” by Dublin 98FM’s John Barker. Lead single, Calla, received radio play on Dublin 98FM, Near FM Sessions, Downtown Radio and Q Radio.
In 2018, Sonja released Ghost, the first single off a new EP titled Violent Strawberry. It achieved airplay across three continents, and was used by festival organisers to promote her performance at Hard Working Class Heroes.
In 2019, Sonja will release her third EP, ‘Violent Strawberry’. The four track EP was recorded with multi-instrumentalist and producer Michael Mormecha at Milbank Studios in Lisburn.
The light have just announced the release date of their New single ‘Wild Atlantic Way’, out March 21st 2019
The Light features the powerful and passionate vocals of Irish singer Alec Noonan, while writer Clive Williams paints real life pictures of love, hope, compassion and truth that reveal the plight of everyday folk in the modern world through his songwriting.
In new Radio Single ‘Wild Atlantic Way’, not only does Clive capture the emotion of falling in love but one of the beautiful natural trails of the Wild Atlantic Way in Irelands West coast woven like a tapestry into the lyrics of the song.
..anyone who has been to the stunning West of Ireland, will vouch for its beauty and splendour, its charm and capacity to make you fall in love with its scenic advances.
This debut single from Clive and Alec, is Clive’s journey of an enticing story of how love drew him across the sea from England to Ireland to be with his beautiful partner on the romantic wild west coast of Ireland. An instant folk/pop classic it will soon be part of many a wedding and celebration.
There will be music, acts and experiences that you won’t get anywhere else.
Why? Because KnockanStockan is more than just a festival:
It is the best place to go to find New Music
The setting: a breath-taking site overlooking the Blessington Lakes.
After great anticipation, KnockanStockan returns for 2019. With heavy emphasis on their ethos which is to support and… “Love New Music”, an impressive first line-up announcement sets the bar high. A true representation of the high calibre of music in Ireland, this first announcement presents the beginning of an exceptionally eclectic line-up, a great mix of homegrown talent and international artists of critical acclaim fitting for all musical tastes:
Just Mustard | Bicurious | Joshua Burnside | Cherym | The Pale | BOUTS | Kitt Philippa | PowPig | Shookrah | Luka Palm | THUMPER | Dead Label | Silverbacks | Junior Brother | Farah Elle | The Scratch | Hot Cops | Paddy Dennehy | Soft Boy DJs | LemonCello | Words That Burn | KNEECAP | Cooks But We’re Chefs | TPM | Kean Kavanagh | Nealo | Rowan | Hatchlings | Post Punk Podge & The Technohippies | Mankyy & Clerk 5 | Ailie | GavinDaVinci | Hazey Haze | Synk
A diverse musical line-up will be accompanied by additional treats for festival fans this year, featuring new collaborations, several international artists, spectacular new stage designs, new areas to explore, an array of art installations and endless performance art in many glorious forms.
Each new addition to the festival will be a tasteful continuation to the KnockanStockan we know and love with additional features both complementing and elevating the festival’s remarkable reputation.
Carlsberg Unfiltered, the headline sponsor of KnockanStockan 2019, is back again, bigger and better this year, with a Danish inspired venue. Inspired by Danish values of simplicity and connection with nature, which works in harmony with the beautiful backdrop of KnockanStockan at the lakes of Blessington. Guests can sit and watch performance art, intimate collaborations, interviews, comedy by day and dance to some of Ireland’s finest DJ collectives play on a stage in the centre of the festivities.
A much loved family friendly event, KnockanStockan is Ireland’s Premiere Small Festival which has earned the festival many awards throughout the years such as Best Line Up, Best Small Festival, Best Family Festival and Best Social Responsibility Award.
Not long after going on sale, Early Bird tickets to KS2019 have already sold out, a sure sign of excitement for the festival’s return: